The great news is that Hurricane Matthew was a nonevent for Miami-Dade and had minimal impact on Broward County. Hands down, when it comes to facing a hurricane, I prefer to be over prepared with cabin fever rather than dealing with destruction, floods and death.
Hurricanes are challenging to forecast, as a 30-mile shift in direction can mean a world of difference, as it did for us last weekend. Meteorologists, media and government officials have to err on the side of caution and encourage public preparedness. Anything less could result in tragic consequences.
In addition to feeling blessed that we didn’t take a direct hit from a Category 4 hurricane, we need to celebrate the hard work and professionalism of all those on the front lines — from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to TV, radio and print reporters to Miami-Dade County and Miami-Dade County Public Schools officials and private businesses such as Florida Power & Light and Publix. Thank you for working round the clock to help our community prepare and be safe.
At United Way, we’re in the business of bringing people together to care for one another and we are proud to be part of a community that did just that. And, now, as we’ve done many times before, we must turn our attention to our neighbors in Haiti, the Bahamas and Cuba, as well as North Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas that took the brunt of this deadly storm, which left destruction in its wake and caused significant loss of life. United Way of Miami-Dade and the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald have activated Operation Helping Hands to help with relief, rebuilding and recovery efforts. We will work with local United Ways and nonprofit agencies in the affected areas to support immediate and long-term recovery needs and ensure that 100 percent of your donations will support response efforts there.
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Harve Mogul, president and CEO, United Way
of Miami-Dade, Miami